These literacy units for Key Stage 3 learners with cognitive difficulties use engaging scenarios based on local life, both modern and historical, to develop their literacy skills. They provide teachers with teaching frameworks to enhance learning and make it more exciting, dynamic and effective for the learners.
Multi-literacy represents an inclusive approach to literacy. The traditional definition of literacy has widened to include comprehension of all types of visual and printed texts, audio, spatial and gestural information, and the ability to make textual connections. Text is often non-linear and integrated with images, audio and video. Today's learners require a broader range of skills to encompass ever-changing technologies.
Although research has shown that the internet may be particularly beneficial for learners with special educational needs (SEN), many of these young people are potentially more vulnerable and more at risk than others when using ICT. Therefore, it is a good idea to introduce your learners to internet safety before using these resources.
Media literacy is the ability to access, analyse, evaluate and create media. Being media literate helps young learners to understand more about the complex messages they receive from mass media.
This section provides a range of activities based on popular TV and print media, including current television shows, newspapers and magazines. Learners explore different forms of media and are encouraged to research information, participate in discussions and take part in reading and writing activities. .
Class Bake Off
Do You Have the X Factor?
Getting into Top Gear
Visual literacy is the ability to interpret information presented in the form of a still or moving image. In this section, learners explore different forms of visual media, including animations, YouTube videos and digital stories. The suggested activities allow students to discuss ideas, analyse visual media, identify feelings and emotions and recall past events.
Investigating Dilemmas through the Animation Dragon Slayer
Identifying Emotions through the E-Book The Black Hat
Exploring Identity through the Animation For the Birds
Digital literacy includes the ability to communicate, understand and evaluate messages and information using ICT equipment such as tablets and computers. Using ICT in the classroom offers potential to improve standards of attainment in literacy, and it is important that both the teacher and learners have the necessary ICT skills. However, the focus should be on developing literacy skills, rather than on the technology itself.
This section presents activities to support literacy teaching that use different ICT tools and technologies, including storytelling programs, word cloud generators, video editing software and QR codes. The activities encourage learners to sequence and create their own digital media using ICT to enhance their literacy skills.
Creative Digital Storytelling
Using QR Codes
Using Word Clouds
These units explore the development of literacy through topics of local interest. The suggested activities allow learners to make links across areas of learning while developing key literacy skills.